Labour supporters in St Kitts converge outside airport following word Douglas would be arrested on his return

Basseterre, St Kitts, May 4, 2019 – Scores of supporters of the opposition St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) converged outside the private lounge at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport Saturday after word spread that Leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L. Douglas, would be arrested by police on his return to the Federation.
Although the High Command issued a statement earlier denying “there was no warrant out for the arrest of Dr Douglas,” scores of supporters refused to believe the Police High Command and parked their vehicles along the F T Williams Highway and waited outside the private terminal.
Also not accepting the statement from the Police High Command Queen’s Counsel. Delano Bart and attorney Sylvester Anthony, waited inside the private lounge in case their services were need.
As Dr Douglas appeared from the lounge and walked through the exit of the terminal, the crowd which included several party officials and candidates, surged forward and lifted him above their shoulders in a jubilant greeting.
In a brief address to the crowd, Dr Douglas related that while he was in Dominica, he was informed that the authorities in Basseterre would wish to interview him on his return to St Kitts “because the aircraft he departed the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport on had no clearance.”
“I do not know why this government wants to harass me. I went to Dominica. They are saying that the aircraft that I went to Dominica on did not have clearance and on my return I would be questioned. I do not clear aircrafts. I am not a pilot and so when I return am told, I would be held and questioned. I thank God that you all are here, because if you were not here this morning, I might have been arrested and that is why I say, that we must continue to be defiant. We have our rights and we must never allow this dictatorial government to trample on the rights of the people of St Kitts and Nevis,” Dr Douglas told the crowd.
“I was a passenger. I do not give aircrafts clearance. I went through the government security checks when I was going out. I do not do like (Minister of Transport Hon Ian) Patches Liburd. I make sure that I go through security checks whenever I travel, whether at the main terminal or here at the lounge,” Dr Douglas said, adding:
“I do not see why (Dr Timothy) Harris would try to arrest.”
A large motorcade later left the airport and drove through the streets of the capital.

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